Returning Newcastle striker Ivan Toney has pledged that: ‘A goal in every game for the rest of the season would be achievable’.
The United forward injured his ankle in training after helping to secure a late draw against Manchester United in January.
Toney makes his playing comeback against Brighton reserves away from home tonight and is hoping to end his first season on Tyneside strongly.
With so little mobility up front for the first team, it remains to be seen whether Ivan Toney can at least win a place on the bench, to add some much needed pace to the forward line.
The former Northampton forward is obviously focused first and foremost on getting some football for the Under 21s/Reserves before aiming any higher, whilst there is still a small possibility that he could go out again on loan.
Ivan Toney was on loan at Barnsley before being recalled early because of a lack of options at Newcastle’s first team level due to injuries.
The current emergency loan window ends tomorrow (24 March) and Freddie Woodman is another young Newcastle player who could possibly go out again on loan before that window closes.
Ivan Toney talking to the official club website:
“I’ve had so long out, so I’m really excited. I was excited to train yesterday – I woke up extra early!
“I think that was actually my first injury, so I didn’t know what injury life is like. It’s been frustrating, and it’s felt like it’s been a long time. It’s been really tough.
“Watching and not being able to play or doing something you love was just painful, watching from the side. But now I’m fit and available I just want to play football as much as I can. I’ve even been doing kick ups in my house – I’ve missed it that much.
“One minute you’re with the first team doing well, and next minute you’re not doing the best, and obviously the injury knocked me back a bit. I just had to pick myself back up and go again.
“I want to get a bit more fitness and hopefully a few more goals. I’d like to get a goal every two games I’d say, but obviously the injury has set me back a bit.
“A goal in every game for the rest of the season would be achievable, and would be good for myself.
“Everyone’s confident and comfortable on the ball, and we (the reserves) should be winning games, from what I’ve been watching. It depends who wants it more, and that’s who wins the game.
“I just want to contribute to a win, and add some goals to the side, but I haven’t been able to do that because of my injury. But now that I’m fit, hopefully I can bring some of that.
“Everyone’s always excited when there’s a game coming up, so we’ll see how it pans out and hopefully we can go there and get the win.”